NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Board of Education voted to move forward with a construction bond referendum to create additional space at four of the schools in the district.  State aid for this project will be 40% of the eligible costs for the project if approved by the voters in the November election. 

The construction projects include an expansion of John H. Walker Middle School to make that school a true middle school with sixth grade students moving out of the elementary schools. Construction will also take place at Yantacaw and Washington Elementary Schools, and Nutley High School. 

Nutley Board of Education President Danny Carnicella read his formal statement allowing members of the public to come to the microphone to address the BOE on the resolution. No one approached the microphone. 

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The meeting was publicly announced on the Nutley BOE website. Notice of the meeting was also posted in the board office, and notification of the meeting was sent to the Nutley Sun, Nutley Journal, and Herald News.By law, public meetings have to be sent to print media as paid advertisements. The only members of the public in attendance at the meeting were the children of a board member and credentialed news media. 

The ballot language reads:

  

PROPOSAL NO. 1 The Board of Education of the Township of Nutley in the County of Essex, New Jersey is authorized: (a) to provide for the construction of additions, renovations, alterations and improvements at John H. Walker Middle School, Washington Elementary School and Yantacaw Elementary School and to undertake renovations, alterations and improvements at Nutley High School, including acquisition and installation of furnishings, fixtures, equipment and site work; (b) to appropriate $56,825,000 for such improvements; and (c) to issue bonds of the School District in the principal amount of $56,825,000.

The final eligible costs of the improvements approved by the Commissioner of Education are $20,672,037 (consisting of $12,289,932 for John H. Walker Middle School, $2,165,642 for Washington Elementary School, $3,041,463 for Yantacaw Elementary School and $3,175,000 for Nutley High School). The State debt service aid percentage will equal 40% of the annual debt service due with respect to the final eligible costs of the projects. The proposed improvements include $376,805 for John H. Walker Middle School for school facility construction elements in addition to the facilities efficiency standards developed by the Commissioner of Education or not otherwise eligible for State support pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:7G-5(g). The Board of Education is authorized to transfer funds between the projects. PROPOSAL NO. 2 (This Bond

Proposal No. 2 will only go into effect if Bond Proposal No. 1 is also approved by the voters at this election.) The Board of Education of the Township of Nutley in the County of Essex, New Jersey is authorized: (a) to provide for the construction of additions, renovations, alterations and improvements at Washington Elementary School, Yantacaw Elementary School and Nutley High School, including acquisition and installation of furnishings, fixtures, equipment and site work; (b) to appropriate $10,150,000 for such improvements; and (c) to issue bonds of the School District in the principal amount of $10,150,000. The final eligible costs of the improvements approved by the Commissioner of Education are $1,844,841 (consisting of $1,084,968 for Yantacaw Elementary School and $759,873 for Nutley High School). The State debt service aid percentage will equal 40% of the annual debt service due with respect to the final eligible costs of the projects. The proposed improvements include $792,220 (consisting of $670,813 for Washington Elementary School and $121,407 to Yantacaw Elementary School) for school facility construction elements in addition to the facilities efficiency standards developed by the Commissioner of Education or not otherwise eligible for State support pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:7G-5(g). The Board of Education is authorized to transfer funds between the projects

 INTERPRETIVE STATEMENT If both bond proposals are approved by the voters at this election, the Board of Education will be authorized to undertake school capital projects for a total cost of $66,975,000 and to issue bonds in the total principal amount of $66,975,000 to fund the projects. The aggregate amount of the final eligible costs of the projects approved by the Commissioner of Education is $22,516,875 (consisting of $12,289,932 for John H. Walker Middle School, $2,165,642 for Washington Elementary School, $4,126,431 for Yantacaw Elementary School and $3,934,873 for Nutley High School). The projects include $1,169,025 (consisting of $376,805 for John H. Walker Middle School, $670,813 for Washington Elementary School and $121,407 for Yantacaw Elementary School) for school construction elements in addition to the facilities efficiency standards developed by the Commissioner of Education or not otherwise eligible for State support pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:7G-5(g). The State debt service aid percentage will equal 40% of the annual debt service due with respect to the final eligible costs of the projects approved at this election. 2. This Board of Education hereby approves and adopts the two proposals 

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